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Mack adds 23 jobs

November 20, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

Mack Trucks Inc. recently hired at least 23 people for its plant north of Hagerstown because of retirements and increased demand for heavy-duty trucks, the plant spokeswoman said Friday.

Mack spokeswoman Patti Friend said 23 people were hired last week, giving the plant 1,449 employees.

The plant had 1,439 employees in early October when Mack celebrated a $150 million investment by Mack's parent company, Volvo Group, to transform the local plant into the North American Center of Excellence for powertrain operations of the Volvo Group.

Friend said probably more than 23 people have been hired since that celebration, but not too many more.

Demand has increased for the heavy-duty trucks the local plant makes engines for, Friend said. The construction industry has been doing well, so Mack has been doing well, she said.

The local plant also has "quite a bit" of people close to retirement age, Friend said.

The plant has a pool of about 70 applicants on standby, although Friend said there were no plans to hire them now. That could change if the market continues to grow or more workers retire, she said.

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The plant has stopped accepting applications, she said.

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